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Lila (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784032
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

In an incredible feat of imagination and stylistic skill, Robinson inhabits the life and thoughts of an unschooled drifter who marries an aging pastor in the third novel set in the town of Gilead, Iowa.


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Something Happened By Joseph Heller Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780684841212
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 12th, 1997

Did you love Mad Men? Of course you did. So do yourself a favour and read this dark and funny exploration of the sordid and tempestuous inner life of an outwardly banal executive in the Sixties.


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Home (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250784025
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

The beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a disillusioned young spinster and her self-destructive brother. This is my favourite of Robinson's novels set in Gilead, but they're all fantastic.


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Hotel (Object Lessons) By Joanna Walsh, Christopher Schaberg (Editor), Ian Bogost (Editor) Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781628924732
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - September 24th, 2015

Part-treatise, part-memoir of a troubled marriage, what begins as a philosophical exploration of the nature and purpose of hotels takes in home, love, marital politics, madness and the Marx Brothers in a witty and insightful stream of associations.


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The Wake: A Novel By Paul Kingsnorth Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781555977177
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

This linguistically ambitious novel uses an invented dialouge that borrows from the vocab, spelling, and syntax of Old English to recreate the world of Saxon Britain in the bloody period after the Norman invasion. Learning to read it is an experience in itself!


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The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment By Graham Greene, Alan Furst (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Alan Furst (Introduction by)
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780143039112
Published: Penguin Classics - April 26th, 2005

Guessing the weight of a cake plunges Arthur Rowe into a deadly game of cat and mouse in this WWII-era thriller that combines the excitement of Hitchcock with the absurdity of a Kafkaesque nightmare.


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Life a User's Manual (Verba Mundi #18) By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator) Cover Image
By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781567923735
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Verba Mundi - July 1st, 2009

Not much useful life advice here, but this delightful book about a Parisian apartment building and all the people and objects that have inhabited it, is one of the most unusual and fascinating novels I've ever read.


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Someone Else's Skin: Introducing Detective Inspector Marnie Rome By Sarah Hilary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143126188
Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 2014

All of the women in "Someone Else's Skin" have scars, emotional and/or physical. Including Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. But not all of those women are victims and it will be up to DI Rome and her team to sort out who is who before more lives are ruined. 


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The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel #1) By Jussi Adler-Olsen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780452297906
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Published: Dutton - July 31st, 2012

Much to his dismay, Det. Carl Morck has found himself Denmark's "Keeper of Lost Causes." Relegated to the basement of police HQ following a horrific ambush, Carl is handed the coldest of the cold cases and an assistant of questionable origins. This is Department Q born.


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